The Buffalo Bills’ defense has been inconsistent throughout the 2015 season as they’ve transitioned to Rex Ryan’s hybrid 3-4 defensive scheme. Some players throughout the front seven that were productive in Mike Pettine and Jim Schwartz’ defensive schemes that were based on 4-3 concepts haven’t been able to replicate that success in their new roles. So, going into the offseason and most notably the 2016 NFL Draft, it’s likely that the team will look to acquire defenders that fit the archetypes for the positions needed for Ryan’s system to thrive. Today, we’ll take a look at versatile Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright.
Wright’s knee injury took a lot of the headlines in his junior year – so you have to take the 23 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 2 sacks with an understanding he returned after his procedure to finish the season out. And when you look at his eye popping sophomore year (163 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 14 sacks) you can see why team executives may want to bet on the young man in the middle rounds of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Previous Prospect Breakdowns
Winning the Bednarik and Nagurski awards as a Sophomore doesn’t happen unless you know how to maximize your talent. And the 6’1, 246 pounder does that, as well as keep a reminder that he was a two star athlete coming out of high school.
Scooby Wright also plays a little DE in the Wildcat defense, which would add to his versatility in Buffalo:
Scooby Wright prior to his knee/foot injuries wasn’t just fueled by grit and heart. He’s a twitchy pass rusher that works best up in a two point, but can do a little damage as a 7 or 9 technique on passing downs:
Scooby Wright is twitchy as all get out against the run, bouncing into the linemen and disengaging when it’s time to make the tackle. While he will be still feeling the effects of his knee injury and subsequent recovery, he’s adept at getting to the ball-carrier:
If Wright can’t make the initial tackle, he isn’t one to just stand around – he will seek out work and try to help finish the play:
Coverage wise, Wright is fine in short zones. However, if you want him to pass the Pats Wheel/Streak RB test, he will not do well:
Potential Fit with Buffalo Bills
On the Bills I would see Scooby as a ST/backup this year to allow that knee to truly heal and for him to get out of the combine shape he’s in (he’s lost 15-19 pounds in an effort to be faster) and in true NFL player shape. I fear with the weight loss while he’ll get to the spot quicker, he may lose a lot of the pop he’d have had in the past. In a year, I would think in addition to the special teams work Wright can work his way into a run down role or a SAM linebacker fit if they’re playing in a 4-3 alignment.